ERIC Number: ED199524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Strengthening Rural Vocational Programs. August 8, 1979-June 30, 1980.
Planning Associates, Merced, CA.
A project designed to improve rural vocational education in California accomplished a comprehensive needs assessment conducted with representatives of rural community college vocational programs, combining input from secondary programs and special interest groups concerned with women and minorities, and developed strategies for strengthening rural vocational programs for each area of need. Following a literature search and review and identification of the target group, staff from eighteen rural community colleges and California State University held eleven meetings to identify needs specific to rural vocational education. Additional meetings with special interest groups, legislators, educators, and state officials were held. Data from the meetings and a pilot-tested needs assessment were compiled and used as a basis for a convocation attended by rural vocational deans. At this meeting final strategies were formulated in response to the data. In all, twenty-nine needs areas were identified, ranked by priority, and aggregated into twelve major issues. These included vocational education finance, excessive cost programs, staff overextension, increasing educational alternatives, anti-rural bias, grantsmanship, guidance and counseling, upgrading professional skills, involvement in the decision-making process, and serving new types of students. Change strategies were developed for each area. (Annotated references and survey results are appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Planning Associates, Merced, CA.